CCCC sending 13 to four-year programs
Just a few months away from the start of the 2019-2020 school year, the Cloud County Community College baseball program has put the finishing touches on its historic 2019 season by announcing 13 players from last season's roster will be moving on to four-year institutions.
It's the second highest placement amount in program history, just behind the record-setting 19 players Cloud County sent on to four-year schools following the 2017-18 season.
"This was a special group of guys that helped change our program for the better over the last two years," said Cloud County head coach, Eric Gilliland. The T-Birds finished 34-34 overall this past spring, which were the most wins for the program since 1989. "We are eager to follow their careers moving forward."
Of the 13 T-Birds with new homes for next season, three players will be going the NCAA Division I route as redshirt freshman Ed Scott inked with perennial power Texas Christian University, sophomore closer Corben Peters signed with Grambling State University, and redshirt freshman infielder Ramon Vingochea is set to head off to the University of Central Arkansas.
Eight former Cloud County players are signed to play at NCAA Division II programs. The trio of Grant Schmidt, Jace Armstrong and Kade Wallace are set to team up again at Fort Hays State University while Jackson Dietel, a two-way star for the T-Birds last season, and right-hander Jordan Alexander will share a dugout next year as well at Southwestern Oklahoma State University.
Right-handed starting Austen Seidel committed to Tarleton State University late in the spring, third baseman Blake Manuel is signed at Northwestern Oklahoma State, and sidearm specialist Jack Theilen will return to his home state of Texas to pitch for the University of Texas at Tyler to round out the T-Birds heading the NCAA Division II route.
Cloud County also placed the relief pitching duo of left-hander Connor Peterson and right-hander Jackson Thaemert at Bethany College, a local NAIA program out of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC).